Elon Musk confirms 4wd Model S, 135kW Supercharger, and possibly first to market with autonomous car.

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Elon Musk and JB Straubel spoke on February 1st, in Oslo, Norway at a major Tesla event! It’s safe to say, Norway is in love with Tesla and they’ll be getting their fair share of Superchargers. The video you see above was played before the Q&A session with Elon.

Some major takeaways from the Q&A session (mostly paraphrasing):

  • Goal is to drop cost/kYh by 40% for GenIII.
  • Tesla will need 30GWh/yr of battery production for the Gen III – will need a Giga-factory.
  • Version 6 of software will be adding real-time traffic and internet music.
  • Full control over suspension, such as raising suspension in snowy conditions.
  • 4wd Model S will most likely be built close to when Model X production has started or reached volume (probably end of first quarter 2015).
  • Bigger seat upgrade for Model S likely a year away.
  • 135kW at most Supercharger stations by the end of this year.
  • Double the number of Supercharger stations in Norway.
  • 100 additional Supercharger stations in Europe by the end of this year.
  • Study has shown that energy payback driving a Model S happens in less than 10,000 miles.
  • Most probably first to market with autonomous car (or autopilot functionality).
  • Model X will have removable 3rd row seating.
  • Model X will have proximity sensors on door that will analyze the environment and automatically stop before hitting the top of garage or roof.
  • There will be space (ski-box?) inside Model X to store skis.
  • Energy consumption for Model X will most probably be 10% greater per km as a result of greater frontal area and slightly higher drag coefficient.

This is encouraging news, and Tesla is actually still production constrained and therefore demand currently outstrips supply.

Tell us, are you thinking of ordering a Model S, or Model X? Or will you be waiting for the Gen III?

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Buying a used car is an exciting opportunity to own a car for a much cheaper price than buying brand new There are many good deals out there, but be careful as some dealers are not as reputable as others. So to help, here are some tips to take with you to make sure you get a decent, well-looked after car for the price you are paying. Before you go First, do your research! Before going into the car yard, you should look online for the car that will suit you the most This will save you time There is a lot of information online to make it quick and easy to decipher which one you would prefer. Look at the make and model, how many miles they have done, color, if it’s automatic or manual and, most importantly, the price. However buying privately does not give you this luxury. Make sure the car you choose is within your budget and it is worth the price you are paying outright. If not see if you can get a loan or make payment installments that you can afford to pay back. Never go above what you can afford, you don’t want to be in any debt! When you get there Once you have done this, go to the provider of choice and take another person with you like a friend or relative. This is so you don’t miss asking vital questions or accidentally overlooking any damage or defects. Ask the dealer if there are any outstanding finance on the car, this is important as you don’t want to have the car repossessed even if you have paid it off. Also, make sure the car is registered within your state so you can actually drive it! What to Inspect Perform a thorough check of the inside and outside of the car, for example, look for any evidence of rust, stains, bubbled paint, anything that is broken or any loose paneling. Check there are no dents or scratched paint on the exterior of the car and that all doors open and shut without difficulty. Take a look at the engine itself. See if it is clean, if there is sufficient oil and water and if it actually works. Test Drive Always, always take the car for a test drive. This is the best way to see if a car functions well and takes you from A to B without any concerns. This is where you can also check all internal electronics of the car. Such as the air conditioner (both cool and warm settings), the windscreen wipers, the windows, radio and CD player (if applicable).

How To Buy The Best Car At An afordable Price

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Buying a car should be an exciting experience. Especially, if you are on a tight budget. You might have been looking for the best affordable car deal in the market, for a while now. But due to the hard economic times, many Americans are opting to buy best quality cars at prices they can comfortably afford. What does this mean? It means that, it’s even going to get harder for to get you hands on these best quality cars because, there are on high demand. Below are some helpful tips to improve your chances of landing a good car without breaking the bank they include;

Know Where to Look While you can visit different yards for used cars, you are likely not going to find the best vehicle.Since, most of these yard’s prices do not leave the owners with much profit. That is why, checking online classified websites, local newspapers auto section and generally be on the lookout for cars for sale in you area will be your best option.

Know How to Search Online If you have decided to search for an affordable car online, you must choose the websites carefully. Searching at each classified website individually is likely to give you some positive results. However, there are also shopping sites that allows you to search for hundreds of car sites and classified sites at once regardless of your budget. Use good phrases to search for an affordable car according to your budget.

Ask Questions When it comes to buying best quality cars, it is important to know that something it helps to ask questions regarding the car. somethings might be wrong with the car. for example, It might have a lot of miles or it needs some costly repairs. Get all information you need ahead of time. Ask about all the inspections and repairs history if necessary.

Test Drive before Purchase After finally deciding on the car to buy, a test drive is always recommended. Test driving is particularly common with second hand vehicles. In addition to getting a feel of the car handling and you might also notice if the cars needs upgrade or repairs the seller forgot to mention.

Negotiate Take your time and effort to research for an affordable car. It can help you save even further in the event you know beforehand what you want to buy, about the incentive and rebates that can further slash down the cost of the vehicle.

Finally, when purchasing for the best affordable vehicle, be prepared to bargain for the best price. Dealers are used to this kind of bargains, so do not just agree on what they say. Be armed with the right information regarding the car you need, you will be in a good position to negotiate a price that is affordable to you. and fair to the dealer.